MIA Bornfree OFFICIAL @ Worldtown

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Warning: violent. Portions of this video are difficult to watch.

There is the tried and true Madonna approach to drumming up pre-album release buzz: tits and ass, and hot lesbian action, and now comes the M.I.A. approach. If you thought M.I.A. would seek universal pop acceptance following her massive “Paper Planes” ride, think again. The video made for her single Born Free a borrows heavily from the absurdist elements of the Dr. Seuss’ cold war allegory, The Butter Battle Book, violently re-imagining the Palestinian-Israeli conflict (?) set in a futuristic USA where fair-skinned red-heads are the enemy.  –Davis Fleetwood


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Mayweather Vs. Mosley

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by Davis Fleetwood

Boxers are like poets.

As imagination bodies forth
the forms of things unknown, the poets pen
turns them into shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

Boxers turn their opponents brains into sloppy Joe mix.

Okay, so boxers are not like poets.

Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather meet in the ring May 1 in Las Vegas, the latest in a happy pared of modern-day gladiators committing simultaneous suicide and homicide for our entertainment. I mean, the human race stopped dragging our knuckles how long ago and we still get our rocks off watching two men try to hit each other so hard that their opponent’s brain rattles around inside their skull enough to cause a loss of consciousness?

I know, as a male writer, I am supposed to drink and brawl and worship men in the ring. But you can take that Norman Mailer and Hemingway shit and throw it out with the fucking cold war. It is 2010, you goddamned barbarians. Being a man does not mean cheering for, or participating in, the physical destruction of other human beings.
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Corporations are not people. Money is not speech.

This article originally appeared on AlterNet / written by David Morris Add to DiggAdd to FaceBookAdd to NewsvineAdd to RedditAdd to Twitter

A rogue Supreme Court seems hellbent on establishing a corporate oligarchy. Congress can’t stop it. Every time Congress or state legislatures tries to curb the power of billionaires or mega corporations the Court slaps them down.

Citizens United v. FEC, the recent Supreme Court decision that allowed corporations to spend unlimited sums of money to influence elections is only the most recent step in this process. There will be more. But the shocking decision may be sufficient to galvanize a political movement that can change the rules and ensure our democracy.

We can save our country by adding eight words to the fundamental law of the land, the US Constitution. “Corporations are not persons.” “Money is not speech.”

Such a development is not without precedent. Once before a political movement has changed the Constitution to nurture democracy. The populist uprising of the late 20th century led to the passage, in rapid succession of the 16th Amendment in 1913 that allowed for an income tax, the 17th Amendment, ratified the same year that required the direct election of Senators and in 1920 the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.

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Teach In on Capitol Hill: What Congress Must Do to End U.S. Wars and Help Secure a Peaceful Middle East

On Thursday, April 29, 2010, Representative Dennis J. Kucinich (D – Ohio), moderated an educational briefing on the U. S. agenda in the Middle East, its consequences and development of a strategy/plan to withdraw. Panelists included Chris Hedges, Jeremy Scahill, David Swanson, Ann Wright. Portions of their comments are below. – DF

Chris Hedges:

Chris Hedges
is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute.  He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.  He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Princeton University.  He left the Times after being issued a formal reprimand for denouncing the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq.  He has written nine books, including “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle,” and “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning.”

Jeremy Scahill

Jeremy Scahill is the author of the international best-seller “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.” He is a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine and a correspondent for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now! He is currently a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. Scahill has won numerous awards for his reporting, including the prestigious George Polk Award, which he won twice.  While a correspondent for Democracy Now!, Scahill reported extensively from Iraq through both the Clinton and Bush administrations.  He has appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS’s The NewsHour, Bill Moyers Journal and is a frequent guest on other radio and TV programs nationwide.

Ann Wright

Ann Wright spent thirteen years in the U.S. Army and sixteen additional years in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Colonel. In 1987, she joined the Foreign Service and served as U.S. Deputy Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia. She received the State Department’s Award for Heroism for her actions during the evacuation of 2,500 people from the civil war in Sierra Leone, the largest evacuation since Saigon. She was on the first State Department team to go to Afghanistan and helped reopen the Embassy there in December 2001.  On March 19, 2003, the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Wright cabled a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, stating that without the authorization of the UN Security Council, the invasion and occupation of a Muslim, Arab, oil-rich country would be a disaster. She is a member of Veterans for Peace and is the co-author of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience.”

David Swanson
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David Swanson is the author of “Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union.”  He holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director, with jobs including press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.  Swanson is Co-Founder of AfterDowningStreet.org, creator of ProsecuteBushCheney.org, and Washington Director of Democrats.com, a board member of Progressive Democrats of America, the Backbone Campaign, Voters for Peace, and the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution, and chair of the Robert Jackson Steering Committee.  AfterDowningStreet was named Most Valuable Progressive by the Nation Magazine in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

RIAA Issues Ban on Anymore “We Are the World” Recordings (Particularly for Iceland)

This article originally appeared in The Umpteenth Times. written by Ara Von Niv

NEW YORK–”Iceland? Oh, give me a break already,” groaned Blane Skipreddy, Director for Charity Efforts for RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). “We’re not permitting any of our artists to do anything for Iceland. We just find it to be a low-empathy zone.”

Recently, Broadway stars had begun discussions about a second remake of “We Are the World” to benefit victims of Chile’s disasters. That effort was quashed by the nation itself. Now, musicians left out of the original and the recent remake are looking to get in on the act anyway possible.

“We all have some goodwill to contribute,” remarked Barnn Dailor, drummer for Mastodon. “Just because we actually have talent and musical abilities doesn’t mean we should be left out in the cold. Hey, if they want, they can saturate our voices with studio effects also. Whatever. Just so we can lend a helping hand.”

Nicko McBrain, drummer for Iron Maiden, the mastermind behind an attempt to record the infamous song for Iceland, added, “At first, I called some of the guys and they were all gung-ho. The problem was coordinating schedules and what not. Then when I told them I ordered fifty half kegs of Bass Original Ale, all of a sudden the phone was ringing off the hook and everyone was suddenly free.”

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